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History November 13, 1002

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Martin Rohmann, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    "Kill all Danish!"

    In the year 1002 receives the then English king Æthelred ...


    ... the news from his advisors in a region in the north-east of England, in the so-called "Danelag" ...


    ... living descendants of the Danish Vikings would have conspired against him.

    In any case, Æthelred doesn’t like the Vikings from Denmark very well, as he has to pay a heavy tribute to their king named Sven year after year in order not to fall victim to a Viking attack with looting and pillage.

    Mr. King would like to keep this tribute called "Danegeld".

    So Æthelred decides to show "strength" and orders, as a preventive measure, to kill "all Danes living in England on St. Bricius' Day - November 13, 1002 - because he had found out that they had conspired, to kill him and his counselors and to appropriate his kingdom ", as it is said in an old source.

    The order of Æthelred is carried out - and the "St. Briccius day Massacre" went down in English history!

    How many Danish-born residents were actually killed is not known - it is assumed, however, that the king's henchmen did not bother to march to the "Danelag", but rather the defenseless population of London and the surrounding cities such as Oxford and Bristol made ...:


    Sicher ist allerdings, dass bei der Mordaktion auch eine Frau namens Gunhilde getötet wurde...


    ... who was a sister of the said Danish Viking King Sven.

    And it is also certain: If King Æthelred wanted to demonstrate "strength" with the massacre and prevent the Vikings from further raids, he achieved the exact opposite!

    Because the said Viking King Sven, brother of the murdered Gunhilde, is not just anyone, his surname is "Gabelbart" ("Fork Beard")!


    And eating cherries with him is not good anyway!

    And as soon as the news about the murder in Denmark got out, Sven Gabelbart is mobilizing, manning his dragon boats and starting a retaliatory campaign against the English ...:






    The English have little to oppose the Vikings and their wild combat tactics and Sven Gabelbart's revenge turned into a real campaign of conquest ...:




    In 1013 the completely defeated king Æthelred had to flee across the canal to Normandy - so he kept his head on his shoulders, but lost his empire...:


    His contact, Sven Gabelbart, ruled not only over Denmark but also over England until his death (on February 3, 1014 in Gainsborough) ...
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Martin

    Another incident and massacre from this period of history

    I can only imagine the horror of close quarter battle

    Thanks for sharing

  3. grasshopper A Fixture

    This was awfully simplistic..the history of post Roman, early medieval Britain was complicated..
    Airkid likes this.
  4. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    It still is!:eek:

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  5. grasshopper A Fixture

    Indeed..it’s impossible in the one a day format to give context, insight..and as you suggest, Britain may still be post roman, early medieval..and certainly complicated ..
  6. grasshopper A Fixture

    Or as EO Wilson said: we have Paleolithic minds, medieval institutions, and god like science...rather a dangerous mix..

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